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 Dictionary entry overview: What does mistreat mean? 

  The verb MISTREAT has 1 sense:

1. treat badly

  Familiarity information: MISTREAT used as a verb is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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Treat badly

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events


abuse; ill-treat; ill-use; maltreat; mistreat; step

Context examples:

This boss abuses his workers / She is always stepping on others to get ahead

Hypernyms (to "mistreat" is one way to...):

do by; handle; treat (interact in a certain way)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "mistreat"):

kick around (treat badly; abuse)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

They want to mistreat the prisoners

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